Molly simply went in to have her teeth cleaned, but her owner says she came out with burns to her belly after the cleaning.
Sandy Alexander, a Florida resident, is suing Calusa Veterinary Center in Boca Raton, for the negligence and emotional distress that the clinic caused her five-year-old toy poodle two years ago.
When Alexander picked up Molly after the cleaning, she was told that Molly may have developed sensitivity to the heating pads used during the procedure.
Alexander claimed that Molly seemed listless and she began to develop blisters and would cry when she was picked up.
The lawsuit claims that members at the vet center denied that Molly sustained burns, even though they wrapped Molly in bandages and treated her with ice packs after the procedure. It also claims that Calusa should have been aware that Molly had sensitive skin because she had been going to the clinic since she was a puppy.
When Alexander took Molly to an emergency room that was affiliated with Calusa, the veterinarian said that the wounds might be lesions caused by potentially fatal diseases, according to the lawsuit.
Alexander went back to Calusa the next day and she said she was led to believe that Molly was suffering from a life-threatening disease. She had tests done but they all came out negative.
Alexander said then at that point did the employees at Calusa finally admit that Molly had been burned during the teeth cleaning.
The vet who treated Molly said, “I don’t think we were ever dishonest with her. There was something odd about Molly and Molly’s individual case.”
He further added that Molly’s injuries were highly unusual and that the staff had tests done because they wanted to rule out the possibility of lupus or another disease.
Alexander said that Molly was in pain for at least six months and that she had to drink water through a syringe.
In the complaint, Alexander stated, “A beautiful little toy poodle is now permanently disfigured and sensitive in certain areas of her skin as a result of the injuries and poor care she received at Calusa.”